June 21, 2024

Twelve local government units in the Cordillera received the 2022 Seal of Good Local Governance (SGLG) award from the Department of the Interior and Local Government for upholding the standard of transparency, integrity, and service delivery.

DILG-Cordillera Director Araceli San Jose said the awards received by the 12 LGUs demonstrate their unwavering effort to pass the core and essential criteria for the coveted award.

The passers composed of 11 municipalities and one component city made it to the list of recipients that met the “all or nothing” criteria to get the award.

The municipal awardees are Bucay, Dolores, La Paz, Peñarrubia, and Tayum in Abra; Conner, Apayao; Asipulo and Lamut in Ifugao; Pasil and Rizal in Kalinga; and Bontoc in Mountain Province.

Tabuk City, a component city of Kalinga, also received the recognition.

The SGLG, also known as “Pagkilala sa Katapatan at Kahusayan ng Pamahalaang Lokal”, is awarded by the DILG annually to deserving provinces, cities, and municipalities that perform well in the 10 governance areas.

San Jose said the 2022 SGLG requires LGUs to pass all financial administration; disaster preparedness; social protection and sensitivity; health compliance and responsiveness; sustainable education; business-friendliness and competitiveness; safety, peace and order; environmental management; tourism, heritage development, culture and arts; and youth development.

She said the SGLG puts premium on integrity and good performance to institutionalize good governance reforms in the continuing pursuit for meaningful local autonomy and development.   

“The seal has been instrumental in upholding transparency and accountability, cultivating progressive actions in addressing emerging concerns and influencing behavior in supporting national and international development goals,” she said.

San Jose encouraged the LGU passers to continue doing their best in upholding transparency and accountability and demonstrating their unwavering effort to pass all of the core and essential criteria for the coveted award.

She also challenged other LGUs to do better in the succeeding runs of the SGLG and to provide better quality services and facilities to their constituents. – Pamela Geminiano